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Lorde (born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Conno) has just released her long-awaited album Melodrama and followed that with a debut performance at Glastonbury. Both resulted in huge success for the 20 year-old New Zealander: Melodrama is the #1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart and all reports of Glastonbury involve high acclaim for Lorde's daring show.
Lorde's New Album Melodrama
Melodrama has just kicked Katy Perry out of her #1 spot on the Billboard charts, with over 100,000 album units sold. Lorde reached out to fans on Twitter to express gratitude:
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Melodrama follows Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, released in 2013 and known for its hugely successful track–"Royals." The first release off the new album is "Green Light" and the reactions from fans thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. Melodrama serves as a diary through adolescence, specifically though the range of emotions felt at a party...and fans are feeling it:
Lorde at Glastonbury
Picture this: a massive stage, even bigger crowd, sheer darkness and a glass cage. Enter Lorde, who engages with her audience through melodramatic theatrics. Around her, dancers act out scenes from a party, as influenced by the album's inspiration. This was the singer's first performance at Glastonbury; fans and critics are eating it up, although some considered it slightly self-indulgent.
Being different is what gained her the title of being the youngest solo-artist to achieve a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987 with "Royals." And different is what has continued to see her through to even more success. As she puts it:
when i was a kid i thought big records had to be made a certain way—to be sterile & calculated in craft; that something had to be sacrificed. i have had the divine thrill of disproving that firsthand, twice over.
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The Killers' new album, Wonderful Wonderful, will be released this year. The pretty well-known, The Killers formed in 2001, which was when they recorded their first track "Mr. Brightside." The band have released four studio albums, last one being 2012's Battle Born. Five years later they're following it with Wonderful Wonderful.
Wonderful Wonderful Release Date
The album is set for release in September of this year. The Killers have released a track called "The Man," to which you can listen below. It's a fairly new sound for the band, with a slight disco feel, nudging fans to wonder what the overall listening-experience for Wonderful Wonderful might be.
The Killers' Brandon Flowers
Taking charge of lead vocals and the keyboard, Brandon Flowers, is The Killers' frontman. He has already released a solo debut album called Flamingo, and his second one - The Desired Effect - was affected by The Killers' Battle Born, meaning that he had to cut short the allotted time he had planned to spend on promotion.
Wonderful Wonderful hasn't proven easier for Flowers to record. All four members of the band - Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci, Dave Keuning & Mark Stoermer - live in different states. Trying to coordinate them has resulted in Wonderful Wonderful taking the longest of all the albums to come together.
"The Man" By The Killers
As mentioned above, their first release from the album, "The Man," isn't quite what we've come to know as The Killers' sound. It was produced by Jacknife Lee who has worked with the likes of Bloc Party, Silversun Pickups & Taylor Swift. This Irish producer is all about experimentation, working with hip hop & funk records as well as a boom box in the recording of Wonderful Wonderful. "The Man" however, was inspired by a Kool & the Gang track that the band used a sample from, and then recreated. Maybe it's the Kool & the Gang track we've featured down below.
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